It’s no news that we are big fans of Chinese hotpot, and so we were really happy to stumble upon W Hotpot along Tanjong Pagar Road recently. This restaurant just opened recently and it serves super delicious Chinese hotpot!
Good Ambience and Great Service!
W Hotpot is elegantly designed with light-brown furnishings along with painted motifs of Singapore tourist attractions on the walls. But what impressed us most was the awesome service of the staff! We were served by an Indian manager (Jerry) who was extremely polite and attentive to our needs. It is rare to find such great service in restaurants nowadays. He was also an interesting guy who spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese, Hokkien, and Cantonese; his level of Chinese will probably put many local Chinese Singaporeans to shame!
Sichuan Spicy Soup and Grouper Soup
We ordered the Sichuan Spicy Soup which had the perfect level of spiciness; just enough to feel shiok but not overwhelmingly powerful. And unlike the soup base in some other restaurants, W Hotpot’s sichuan soup is not coated with an overly-thick layer of chill oil, which can be slightly off-putting.
For the other yuanyang base we went with the Grouper Soup as it was recommended by Jerry the manager. This savoury soup was rich and luscious with a smooth texture – the perfect soup base for our hotpot ingredients.
The prawn paste (bottom left of picture) tasted awesome. We loved how it absorbed the spicy flavour of the Sichuan soup and tasted so fresh and succulent in our mouths.
Sliced Black Pork
We decided to order the atas Sliced Black Pork as it was recommended by Jerry. It had the distinct flavour of black pork which left a pleasant aftertaste in my mouth. Like the prawn paste, it tasted very fresh and went perfectly with both soup bases.
Sliced Grouper Pagoda
Our most impressive dish for the night was the Sliced Grouper Pagoda, which was served on an elegant four-level plate stack. This is W Hotpot’s signature dish. Jerry taught us how to savour this dish: pick up a slice, dip it in the soup base for about eight seconds, mix it with the signature chili sauce, put it in your mouth and enjoy the delectable delicacy! We enjoyed cooking it in the Sichuan soup base so that it could absorb the spicy goodness of the soup. The fish tasted extremely fresh with no fishy smell at all. Highly recommended!
Conclusion: Delicious Chinese Hotpot with Awesome Service
Other than the foods mentioned above, the rest of the hotpot ingredients were fresh and delicious too. On the whole, we had a wonderful dining experience at W Hotpot due to the delicious food and great service. We ordered the 2 pax dinner set ($59) along with ala carte prawn paste ($8.80) and beer ($8.80), and our bill came up to about $80. The price was slightly high, but it was definitely worth it. Be sure to check out this hidden gem along Tanjong Pagar Road!
Address: 81 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088502
Phone: +65 6221 7030 or +65 8439 7770 (SMS)
Opening Hours: | Mon to Fri: 11.30 am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 11.30pm | Sat, Sun & PH: 5pm to 11.30pm |